Things that are more complex than you'd think

Driving a train is essentially one dimensional driving. The driver’s options are limited to going faster or going slower. So you’d expect a simple dash? Not a bit of it. This is the driving desk of a Stadler EMU.

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You’ve got radio/PA on the left, door monitors next (so the driver can safely close the doors), then a speedo followed by duplicate screens for monitoring and controlling various systems on the train. Also, a lever to go faster and one to go slower, buttons for forward and reverse, lights and wiper, buttons for opening and closing the doors and a big red button to slam on the brakes. It all adds up.

No cup holders so you just plonk cups on the flat areas.

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